Camille Saint-SaŽns Biography

Camille Saint-SaŽns Biography

Camille Saint-SaŽns

Charles Camille Saint-SaŽns (October 9, 1835 - December 16, 1921) was a French composer and performer.

Camille Saint-SaŽns was born in Paris. A child prodigy, three years after his birth he could already read and write and began piano lessons then almost immediately began composing. At ten years of age he gave public recitals of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. At the age of sixteen, he wrote his first symphony.

In 1871 he co-founded the Sociťtť Nationale de Musique. He wrote dramatic works, including four symphonic poems, and 13 operas, of which Samson et Dalila and the symphonic poem Danse Macabre are among his most famous. In all, he composed over three hundred works and was the first major composer to write music specifically for the cinema.

In 1875, Saint-SaŽns married Marie Truffot and fathered two children who died within six weeks of each other in 1881. Saint-SaŽns left his wife the same year. The two never divorced, but lived the rest of their lives apart from one another. It has been suggested that Saint-SaŽns was involved in homosexual relationships later in life, though evidence of this is largely circumstantial.

In 1886 he wrote his third symphony, "avec orgue", that is, "with Organ", perhaps the most famous of all his works. Aided by monumental symphonic organs built in France by Mr. Aristide Cavaillť-Coll, at that time the worldīs greatest organ builder, this work in particular is inserted in the hearth of the sense of "gigantism" of the dying XIX century, it is clearly enmarked alongside with the trend of the Eiffel Tower, the Universal Exposition at Paris and the beginning of the "belle epoque". The Maestoso of the second movement is clearly an expression of the confidence of the European man in himself, in his technology, his science, his "age of reason". He was frequently named as "the most german composer of all the french composers", perhaps due to his fantastic skills exhibited in the construction of melodic passages.

Saint-SaŽns also wrote six preludes and fugues for organ, three in op. 99 and three in op. 109, the most performed of which is the Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, op. 99, no. 3.

Saint-SaŽns wrote on musical, scientific and historical topics, frequently travelling around Europe, North Africa, and South America before spending his last years in Algiers, Algeria. In recognition of his accomplishments, the government of France awarded him the Legion of Honor.

Camille Saint-SaŽns died on December 16, 1921, in Algiers. His body was brought back to Paris for a state funeral and was buried in the CimetiŤre du Montparnasse, in Paris.

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Camille Saint-SaŽns Piano Sheet Music
      Sonate, Op. 167 (Sonata)  for Clarinet and Piano. By Camille Saint-Saens. Editions Durand. Size 9x12 inches. 24 pages. Published by Durand.
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    Camille Saint-Saens: Morceau De Concert - Horn/Piano  Composed by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). For F french horn and piano. Format: set of performance parts (includes separate pull-out horn part). With solo part and piano accompaniment. Romantic Period. 15 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by Warner Brothers.
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      Camille Saint-Saens: Introduction And Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 - Piano / Violin  Composed by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921), arranged by Henry Schradieck. For violin and piano. Schirmer Library Vol..224. Format: set of performance parts (includes separate pull out violin part). With solo part and piano accompaniment. Romantic Period. 20 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by G. Schirmer, Inc.
      Le Carnaval des Animaux (Carnival of the Animals)  Piano Solo. By Camille Saint-Saens. Editions Durand. Size 9x12 inches. 40 pages. Published by Durand.
      Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 (ROSE)  By Saint-saens, Camille (1835-1921). Cello and piano. Published by International Music Co.
      Christmas Oratorio  Vocal Score. By Camille Saint-Saens. (SATB). Choral Large Works. Size 6.8x10.5 inches. 72 pages. Published by G. Schirmer, Inc.
      The Swan  By Camille Saint-Saens. Arranged by Jascha Heifetz. Violin (Violin/Piano). Size 9x12. Published by Carl Fischer.
    Camille Saint-Saens: Clarinet Sonata, Op. 167  Composed by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921), edited by Reiner Zimmermann. Opus 167. For Bb clarinet and piano. Format: set of performance parts (includes separate pull-out clarinet part). With solo part and piano accompaniment. Romantic Period. Photoprint edition - publisher prints this title after order is received. Eb Major. 35 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by C.F. Peters.
      Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22  Piano Duet. By Camille Saint-Saens. Arranged by I Philipp. Piano. Size 9x12 inches. 84 pages. Published by G. Schirmer, Inc.
      Le Cygne (The Swan)  Piano Solo. By Camille Saint-Saens. Arranged by Louis Oesterle. Piano Solo (Intermediate to advanced piano arrangements with no lyrics). Size 9x12 inches. 6 pages. Published by G. Schirmer, Inc.

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